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Buffalo Bills News - August 4, 2002

Marker First impression wasn't good for Smerlas [6:37 AM]
D and C reports: '"But the minute he walked into the locker room, he walked up and spoke to me and Joe Devlin and Bruce Smith and Jim Ritcher and told each of us that he had followed us and he felt we had the material to become a winning football team. He immediately started rallying people. I had read him totally wrong."'

Marker Some signs of hope [6:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'All in all, the Bills performed admirably, but along with the good, there was more than enough bad that must be corrected before the Bills line up against the New York Jets in the season opener on Sept. 8.'

Marker Browns still struggle to move the ball [6:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'Missing featured running back William Green because of a minor injury to his right shoulder, the Browns first-team offense accomplished little, if anything, in the scrimmage at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Northcutt making a bid to start at wide receiver [6:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Looking for a No. 2 receiver so wide receiver Kevin Johnson has more room to operate, Browns coach Butch Davis has been raving all week about Northcutt's play in training camp.'

Marker Local NFL official ready for big year [6:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'This was the first time the Browns and McAulay's crew have met since Dec. 16, when the infamous beer bottle toss broke out in Cleveland.'

Marker Browns like Mike Williams [6:32 AM]
D and C reports: '''He's Paul Bunyan in cleats,'' said Lang of the 6-foot-6, 375-pound Williams. ''He's a big, strong guy with good feet who's going to learn how to play in this league. I bet he'll have a much better season next year because he'll know a lot more.'''

Marker Fan of the Day [6:31 AM]
D and C reports: '"I like the idea of bringing in Drew Bledsoe and I think they are going to be good, but I'm more excited about my Browns. I think they are going to make it to the playoffs."'

Marker Bills seek to establish confidence [6:30 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"We lacked in that area last year ... we had tons of opportunities, but whether we had enough skills to finish those opportunities..."'

Marker Fan to Kelly: Thanks for the memories [6:29 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He was the linchpin for a franchise about to take its long-suffering fans for the ride of a lifetime. In fact, I proposed to my wife in the afterglow of a playoff-clinching victory in 1990.'

Marker Class enters Pro Football Hall of Fame [6:28 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Hunter Kelly's fragile life is only five hard, surprising years long, but it has given his famous father a sense of purpose after football.'

Marker First step is a little unsteady [6:27 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'The No. 1 defense roared out, causing a Drew Bledsoe incompletion and then three successive negative plays before Bledsoe whipped an 18-yard strike to Peerless Price. Price had another 20-yard gain before the defense held off Bledsoe with a sack at the Browns' 5 on the 12th play.'

Marker Kelly shows first-round 1983 draftees way to Hall of Fame [6:25 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Kelly is the first player from the Bills' Super Bowl teams to be elected to the Hall of Fame. He will not be the last. Next year, kick returner Steve Tasker will be eligible for the first time. "He's the greatest special teams player ever to play the game," Kelly said. "There was nobody, nobody like Steve Tasker."'

Marker Bruce Smith may need help getting inside stadium, but not HOF [6:24 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'When the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Smith sat on the cart, the vehicle's four tires seemed to wilt under the duress. But away it chugged, whisking the 17-year veteran to his spot at the forefront of the celebration.'

Marker Lessons in commitment, caring, and family ties [6:23 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'God gave him Hunter Kelly. He also gave the Kellys a responsibility not many of us could carry.'

Marker Buffalo fans flood Canton to witness Kelly induction [6:22 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'The city could have been renamed South Buffalo.'

Marker Kelly’s longtime pals couldn’t miss this party [6:21 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'From Penny M. Wolfgang, a New York Supreme Court justice, to what one East Brady, Pa., resident claimed was “half Jim’s hometown,” the party was pure Kelly. White collars and blue collars rubbed shoulders, and everyone knew Jim and one or more of his five brothers.'

Marker Special commemorative footballs will provide Hunter’s Hope benefit [6:20 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Nikco Sports is offering a limited edition, 5,000 NFL-licensed footballs commemorating Kelly's Hall of Fame induction, and donating 10 percent of the proceeds to the Hunter's Hope Foundation, an organization that raises funds to support research efforts to find a cure for Krabbe disease and other leukodystrophies.'

Marker QB's clan fills up Fawcett with love [6:10 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '"I feel like we're at a Bills home game," said Kelly's former center Kent Hull. "Akron has never seen a party like the one we have planned."'

Marker Football and family [6:09 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Every year, new Pro Football Hall of Famers talk about the people who changed their lives. But until Saturday, one of those had never been a 5-year-old lying in a canopied stroller in the front row, his eyes barely open, a line of oxygen wrapped under his nose.'

Marker Kelly makes special nomination for Tasker [6:08 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Besides Kelly, Thurman Thomas, the Bills former All-Pro running back, doesn't see why Tasker shouldn't have a bronze bust. "You talk about individuals making plays and making a difference, he's the greatest special teams player ever to play the game," Thomas said.'

Marker Defense simply plays well against Bills, Bledsoe [6:07 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Don't count out Bledsoe, though. Given time, he is one of the finest passers in the league.'

Marker Hall welcomes in another fab five [6:06 AM]
Massillon Independent reports: 'The Buffalo turnout even drowned out the usually overwhelming number of "Terrible Towel"-waving Pittsburgh Steeler fans who showed up to cheer for Stallworth.'

Marker Buffalo Jim Kelly steals induction show with emotional speech [6:05 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '"In an era of headsets and technology, he did it his own way: out on the field."'

Marker Former Bills, UM star thrills crowd, joining inductees Stallworth, Casper, Hampton, Allen [6:04 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'But this day was an outpouring of affection for Kelly, a man who turned around the once-bumbling Buffalo franchise.'

Marker Kelly takes RV for unique arrival [6:03 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Kelly, who has friends who own an RV company in Buffalo, borrowed the vehicle to accommodate Hunter's oxygen tanks and other needs.'

Marker Hall of Fame Induction Is Mostly Kelly's Show [6:01 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Bills blue was everywhere, and the cheers for Kelly all day were long and thunderous.'

Marker Kelly, Bills fans bring cheers, tears [6:00 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Kelly's entourage of 1,100 was more than double any following for previous inductees and the crowd of 20,000 was the Hall's largest.'

Marker In Canton, Kelly's a million-dollar Bill [5:59 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'At other times, Kelly, 42, also displayed the timing of a gifted comedian, the spirit of a college cheerleader and the stage presence of a great preacher as he accepted his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with a stirring 17-minute speech.'

Marker Kelly makes it Hall mark day [5:58 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Of the crowd of 17,700, at least 1,100 were personally invited by Kelly.'

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Marker Kelly salutes son at Hall of Fame induction [9:47 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"I learned how to be a quarterback in my USFL days," Kelly said. "It really prepared me to run the offense in Buffalo."'

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